Philosophy may expand our ideas of creation, but it neither inspires a love to the moral character of the Creator, nor a well-grounded hope of eternal life. Philosophy at most can only place us upon the top of Pisgah—there, like Moses, we must die. It gives us no possession of the good land: it is the province of Christianity to add, “All is yours.”

When you have ascended to the height of human discovery, there are things, and things of infinite moment, too, that are utterly beyond its reach. Revelation is the medium, and the only medium, by which standing, as it were, on “nature’s Alps,” we discover things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, and of which it hath never entered the heart of man to conceive.

-Andrew Fuller, The Gospel Its Own Witness (1803)

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Samuel D. James is associate acquisitions editor for Crossway Books.